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As kids, we’ve all read Roald Dahl books. We all had our favorites. [Not to mention that some of my favorite movies growing up were the ones based on Dahl’s books.] As a kid, my favorite was Matilda.
As a parent, I’ve loved reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my girls and also to Rosie’s class when she was in public school. We always read Roald Dahl’s books aloud (let’s face it, his books are way more fun read out loud) and have also enjoyed James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, and the Magic Finger.
Our first year of homeschooling, my girls were absolutely delighted to find out that there is a day in September just for celebrating Roald Dahl! September 13 is the celebration of Roald Dahl’s birthday.
In preparation for the upcoming celebrations, I wanted to pull together activities to share with you so y’all can join in too.
1.) First up is every kid’s favorite: dress up as a character from one of Dahl’s books.
In honor of the movie having just recently come out, Rosie chose to dress up as Sophie from the BFG. Ladybug, in honor of her love of reading, chose Matilda.
The girls enjoyed making these and I think they are still hanging around the house somewhere. Here are a couple links to give you step-by-step directions. And whatever the directions say, DON’T SHAKE THEM!!!! When you shake your dream jars, they turn all one color…like ours did.
MomDot uses tempera paint in her Nebula Jars with a neat affect.
This one on Musely looks cool as well. Just don’t shake it! And tear your cotton balls apart before you put them in the jar.
3.) James & the Giant Peach Yarn Peaches
We wanted to try our hand at making yarn peaches.
a small balloon, yarn, quick-dry fabric stiffening spray
Inflate the balloon. Begin wrapping the yarn around the balloon, in whichever way you like. (As you can see by our pictures: 3 people, 3 different approaches to this task.) Once you are finished wrapping your balloon in yarn, tie it off so that your yarn peach won’t unravel. Set your yarn balloon on a plate or on wax paper. Begin spraying your yarn balloon like your life depended on it. Now let it sit and dry. It will take a few hours, and at that time, gently press on different areas of your yarn creation to make sure it is stiff. If there are any soft spots, that area(s) some more. Once completely dry, get a push pin and pop your balloon! If you didn’t use a peach colored yarn, let the kiddos paint their yarn creations to look like peaches! Hang them around the house!
I tried to link to a blog post where another teacher did this craft with her class but I can’t access it, I can only access the picture thanks to Pinterest. So here is the link to see another yarn peach.
4.) Giant Tissue Paper Peaches
Our next craft used poster board, cut-up tissue paper (I found tissue paper squares that made this part a breeze!) and glue. I cut the poster board in half and on each half I drew a large peach outline. The girls then cut the peaches out. They worked on small sections at a time. The girls “painted” glue on a small area and then pieced on pieces of tissue paper. We worked with yellows, oranges, and pinks. Both girls had different approaches for their designs.
5.) BFG Perspective Drawings
By this time, Ladybug had wandered off but Rosie wanted to keep going. So, keeping in theme with The BFG, Rosie drew and then painted a perspective drawing. She drew the Giant from the point of view of the girl from the ground.
Here are some other super fun activities that we didn’t get to the first time around but are looking forward to trying next time! For a more extensive list, hop on over to my Roald Dahl Day board on Pinterest!
Charlie’s Chocolate Factory Candy Science from Little Bins for Little Hands
Celebrating Roald Dahl Day – Crafts, quotes & free printables from Artsy Craftsy Mom
15 Crafts for Celebrating Roald Dahl Day from The Gingerbread House
Roald Dahl Character Word Search printable from Free-For-Kids
*I’ve also saved more word searches for various other Dahl books on my Pinterest board.*
And last, but most certainly not least, head over to RoaldDahl.com for a multitude of resources, ideas, and inspirations!
Have you celebrated Roald Dahl Day with your kids? I’d love to hear about your favorite activities and give them a try! Are there other fun holidays you celebrate? We are always looking for fun new things to add to our homeschool!
Thanks for stopping by and have a good week y’all!